Turn your backyard into your own outdoor oasis

Social distancing has quickly become the new “normal,” and in adjusting to this shift, many have had to substitute their regularly scheduled activities for DIY (“do it yourself”) or at-home alternatives.

Happy hour has become homemade margaritas, Pilates class is now living room yoga, and a night at the movies has turned into streaming content from the couch.

And although there are some things you just can’t replace, relaxing in Colorado’s fresh air and sunshine doesn’t have to be one of them. Here are some ideas for how you can create your own outside oasis at home.

• Ambiance makes all the difference when setting up a space that will serve as your own escape from everyday life. Hanging cafe lights or string lights across your outdoor living area allows you to comfortably enjoy your terrace retreat well into the evening hours and adds a romantic touch. Hang the dainty lights from trees, drape them along the fence, or crisscross them overhead for added light and style.

An excellent example of this illuminating artistry can be seen at 2693 S. Cook St. in Denver, which is listed by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Ammy Nguyen, Dan Fead and Stacy Resop. This chic upgrade should take no more than 30 minutes to complete and will keep you satisfied all spring, summer and fall.

• When creating a personal paradise, comfort and functionality are everything. Put away the folding lawn chairs and invest in some patio furniture pieces that will make your lanai more luxurious. A simple arrangement of a few chairs and a table can be all you need to take your space from boring to beautiful.

At 950 S. Steele St. in Denver, listed by LIV SIR broker Nancy Levine, the outdoor dining table and lounge area make this patio perfect for enjoying al fresco dining or a backyard brunch. As an added bonus, this home features a stunning pool that will make the coming warmer months that much more enjoyable.

• No backyard? No problem. For those Denverites who live in apartments or condominiums, there are ways to turn limited balcony space into a little slice of heaven. Try incorporating potted plants into your outdoor décor. The portable plants make less of a mess and bring you closer to nature without having to leave the house. Add as many flowers, small shrubs or herbs as you want because this organic aesthetic is set to be on trend this year as homeowners lean into prioritizing health, wellness and nature at home.

The sun-drenched balcony at 2990 E. 17th Ave., Unit 2007, in Denver, listed by LIV SIR broker Janet Kritzer, would be a great spot to tend to a succulent garden or cultivate a collection of cacti.